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Dynamics of a Rotor-Pendulum With a Small, Stiff Propeller in Wind

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William Craig, Derrick Yeo, Derek A. Paley

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Paper No. DSCC2016-9774, pp. V001T05A001; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 1: Advances in Control Design Methods, Nonlinear and Optimal Control, Robotics, and Wind Energy Systems; Aerospace Applications; Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics; Assistive Robotics; Battery and Oil and Gas Systems; Bioengineering Applications; Biomedical and Neural Systems Modeling, Diagnostics and Healthcare; Control and Monitoring of Vibratory Systems; Diagnostics and Detection; Energy Harvesting; Estimation and Identification; Fuel Cells/Energy Storage; Intelligent Transportation
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, October 12–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5069-5
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


As small rotorcraft grow in capability, the possibilities for their application increase dramatically. Many of these new applications require stable outdoor flight, necessitating a closer look at the aerodynamic response of the aircraft in windy environments. This paper develops the equations of motion for a single-propeller test stand by analyzing the blade-flapping response of a small-stiff propeller in wind. The system dynamics are simulated to show behavior under various wind conditions, and stable system equilibria are identified. Experiments with a rotor-pendulum validate the simulations, including system equilibria and gust response.

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